Originally created 09/23/04

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Reward offered in man's killing

Richmond County sheriff's investigators have announced a dollar amount in a reward offered for information about the stabbing death of Robert Lee Dorsey, officials said Wednesday.

Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Peebles, a homicide investigator, said his agency is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Mr. Dorsey's death.

Mr. Dorsey was found Saturday evening stabbed several times at his home in the 2900 block of Deans Bridge Road.

Anyone with information about Mr. Dorsey's death is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080 or 821-1020.

16-year-old is hit by bus, sent to hospital

A 16-year-old Hephzibah High School student was sent to the hospital after he was hit by a school bus Wednesday morning.

Carlos Caldren Jr., 16, was in good condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Wednesday, said Danielle Wong Moores, an MCG spokeswoman.

Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Johnson said Carlos and several other students were waiting for the bus at about 6:30 a.m. near the entrance to Spirit Creek Middle School, when Carlos, who was standing in the road, was struck by the bus, driven by Willie Lowery.

Sgt. Johnson said Carlos fell, then went underneath the bus. The bus stopped just as one of its wheels was touching the teenager's head, he said.

The sergeant said no charges will be filed, and said Mr. Lowery did everything he could to avoid the accident.

Meanwhile, the condition of another boy struck by a moving vehicle this week has improved.

Mrs. Moores said Hakeem Graves was listed in good condition at MCG on Wednesday. Hakeem, 9, was struck by a truck on New McDuffie Road on Monday morning as he tried to run to catch his school bus, officials said.

School task force officers arrest five

After several days of arrests by a task force set up to combat disorder at area high schools, police did not make a single arrest at Glenn Hills High School on Wednesday, which had been troubled by fights, officials said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Gay, of the sheriff's Crime Suppression Team, said no arrests were made at Glenn Hills or Cross Creek, another high school at which task force deputies were positioned.

At other high schools under the watch of deputies, however, arrests were made Wednesday.

The following people were charged as adults and booked into the Richmond County jail, jail records state:

  • Academy of Richmond County: Jean Carlos Miranda, 17, charged with disorderly conduct
  • Butler: Detra Lashae Lawton, 17, charged with disorderly conduct
  • Two juveniles were charged at Richmond Academy with simple battery, and one person at Butler was charged with a loud noise violation. The sergeant said he was not sure whether that person was charged as a juvenile or an adult.
  • Arrested juveniles are not identified.

    Woman says man kicked in her door

    A North Augusta man was arrested Wednesday after a woman said he damaged her door trying to get into her home, a police report states.

    Chad Christian Carter, 24, was charged with malicious injury to real property, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

    Jackie Mims, 35, of Conifer Court, told police that at 1:14 a.m., Mr. Carter came to her apartment and kicked the door. She said the door came off its hinges and the inside door molding broke off.

    The report states Mr. Carter was found a few blocks away.

    ASU official says he will step down

    Augusta State University's vice president for university advancement has announced that he will retire next week.

    John B. Flowers III, said he will step down Oct. 1 after serving as the university's chief advancement officer for nearly 10 years.

    ASU President William A. Bloodworth Jr. called Mr. Flowers "a valuable member of ASU's leadership team."

    "The leadership he has demonstrated over the past 10 years - a period of unprecedented growth for the university - is commendable, and I am most appreciative of his contributions, both to the university and to the ASU Foundation," Dr. Bloodworth said.

    Fire departments share in grant money

    Fire departments in Clarks Hill and Barnwell are two of five South Carolina firefighting agencies that will receive $1 million in federal grants, federal officials said Wednesday. The Barnwell Fire Department will receive $44,100, while the Clarks Hill-Lost Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department will get $60,750.

    Both one-year awards come from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The awards were announced by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C.

    Federal money will improve drainage

    A federal grant for $271,333 was approved Wednesday for drainage improvements around a Columbia County apartment complex, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's office.

    The grant was approved through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Division to improve drainage around the Ridge Crossing apartment complex, which is close to a low point of a 200-acre drainage basin, the release states.

    As part of the project, a detention pond will be enlarged and overall drainage work will take place.

    The project's total cost will be $361,778. A local share of $90,444 will be matched with the federal grant.